“The Ivy and the Rose” by Juliann Rich from Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales, Bold Strokes Books, 2014. Edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman.

The introduction to this story tells us it is based on “Little Briar Rose”, the Brothers Grimm version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. You may not know that I spent nearly two decades working for one of this nation’s premiere companies in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Under the direction of its founder, we produced plays based on the Grimm stories and other early works, and never anything that remotely resembled the output of Disney Studios.

That said, I liked the changes to the story that were introduced in this telling. I love that a female, and a commoner to boot, has replaced the prince.I love that the same-gender relationship isn’t an issue at all. I love that the evil fairy, the one who cast the original curse on the princess, comes back around at the end and the heroine must outwit her.  Most of all, I love the moral of the story that gets spelled out at the end.